ThinkForward & Impetus

As a result of the support we get from Impetus, we are transforming the way we measure and manage the impact we have on young people's lives. This is essential for a sustainable future.

– Ashley McCaul, CEO, ThinkForward

The need: Young people from disadvantaged backgrounds with no qualifications struggle to make the transition from school to work. Early engagement and long-term support can help.

Our charity partner: Founded by Impetus in 2011 and an independent charity since 2016, ThinkForward identifies young people most at risk of unemployment and provides them with a dedicated coach from age 13 to 18. Coaches help them to deal with the challenges holding them back and to build the skills they need to find and keep a job.

Our impact: With our support, ThinkForward has been able to grow from a small pilot to running programmes in schools and colleges across London, the Midlands and Kent. Since 2011, more than 8 out of 10 young people to graduate from the ThinkForward programme have made a successful transition into further or higher education and employment.

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Educational attainment

Young people from disadvantaged backgrounds are 40% less likely pass English and maths GCSEs than their better off peers. We’re focussed on supporting young people to develop social and emotional skills; championing tutoring; and shining a light on chronically underserved young people excluded from school pass English and maths GCSEs, compared with 69% of all other pupils. With the right support, we can make life after school fairer.
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Sustained employment

Young people from disadvantaged backgrounds are twice as likely to be not in employment, education, or training (NEET) as their better of peers. As co-chairs of the Youth Employment Group, we work to ensure these young people are not forgotten through the ups and downs of the economy.
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CD&R Foundation Makes Grants to London Non-Profit Organisations

Awards made to three organisations in partnership with Impetus
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